Steve Reed calls on the Mayor of Croydon to tackle violent youth crime

Local Labour MP Steve Reed is calling on the Conservative Mayor of Croydon to do more to tackle the crisis of violent youth crime in Croydon.

The tragic death of a 15-year-old girl in a knife crime incident in Croydon Town Centre shows that Croydon Council must do more to tackle violence on local streets.

Steve Reed MP said: Every young life lost to violence on our streets is an unbelievable tragedy, and I know from my own experience as a former council leader that this is not inevitable.

We need a comprehensive programme of local youth services and early intervention for at-risk young people, closer working with and support for community organisations, and better coordination across departments and agencies so they can work together to tackle violent youth crime at source.

Read the full letter below.



Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.


Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.